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Electrical Safety Office inspectors help to educate workplaces and the public on electrical safety matters and conduct investigations and compliance actions to enforce Queensland's safety laws.
Inspectors, their conduct and entry powers
Inspector's entry powers
Inspectors are appointed under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (Qld) (PDF, 1MB). They have the power to enter any place that:
- would be reasonably considered a workplace under the control of a person who has an electrical safety duty
- they have an authorised search warrant for
- is used only for residential purposes with the consent of the person with management or control of the place.
Electrical safety inspectors may also enter if there is an urgent need to investigate a serious electrical incident or dangerous electrical events.
To minimise inconvenience to your workplace or another area, inspectors aim to carry out their role in a consultative manner. It is an offence to not allow the inspector to carry out their duties. You should not obstruct, threaten or interfere with inspectors who are exercising their powers.